According to a new biography by Joseph Lelyveld, the love of Mahatma Gandhiâ€™s life was a German-Jewish bodybuilder named Hermann Kallenbach. â€œYour portrait (the only one) stands on my mantelpiece in my bedroom,â€ Gandhi wrote to Kallenbach. â€œThe mantelpiece is opposite to the bed.â€
KOCHI, Indiaâ€”Gandhi is still so revered in India that a book about him that few Indians have read and that hasnâ€™t even been published in this country has been banned in one state and may yet be banned nationwide.
I know that some people still donâ€™t buy that Gandhi was gay, but let me tell you, from experience, Gandhi liked guys. I first met him when he came to see my ice show in Nepal, which was called â€œHoliday on Dirt.â€ Gandhi came backstage and he told me, â€œI very much enjoyed watching you pretend to ice-skate, in your tight pants.â€ I asked him, â€œUm, so why are you wearing a diaper?â€ And he explained that his outfit was a traditional Indian dhoti, and I said, â€œWell, you look like the New Yearâ€™s baby.â€ And he said, â€œYou are so handsome when you are not speaking.â€
Then he told me about how he made the fabric for his dhoti himself, on his spinning wheel and hand loom, and I said, â€œWhoa, are you, like, a Native American lesbian?â€ And he said, â€œI will tell you over dinner.â€